The Kobe Earthquake

Geology and Geophysics / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
Reviews typical earthquake characteristics. Describes the on in Kobe in 1/17/95. Assesses environmental impact of quake. Analyzes mitigation & repair efforts.

A simple definition of an earthquake would be the shaking of the Earth caused by a sudden movement of rock beneath its surface (USGS, 1996a). A more definitive explanation of earthquakes would focus on the passage of seismic waves which in turn create the violent shaking or vibrating motion of the ground. These motions are termed tremors. Seismic waves are caused by the release of energy from a sudden movement along a fault. A fault is a fracture in the Earth’s crust where there has been a displacement of rock (Marsh, 1987, 292).
The movement of air and water is easy to accept because we experience these things everyday. In truth, the physics behind…


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